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Rio de Janeiro off the beaten path

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Rio de Janeiro off the beaten path
Discover the Rio beyond the famous panoramic views and touristic beach scene. Here are some unusual picks for the more adventurous traveller to Rio, including unusual neighbourhoods to explore, and prime spots for active outdoor pursuits such as hiking, hang gliding, and surfing.
Good for: Groups, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa

This quaint bohemian neighborhood of Rio with colonial buildings and cobblestone streets steep on a hillside overlooking the city is earning the interest of tourists wishing to see an alternate Rio away from the beach scene. Art galleries and restaurants add to the local culture of Santa Teresa.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sao Bento Monastery
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Sao Bento Monastery

Gregorian chants are performed on Sundays at this Benedictine complex, which was completed in 1641 and contains a spectacular church altar.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Favela Tour
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Favela Tour

Not all favelas are over-run by drug lords. For an insightful look at life in Rio's favelas, it is highly recommended you book a tour with a reputable favela guide. A good tour will include a visit to a school and an opportunity to positively impact the community.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Tijuca National Park
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Tijuca National Park

You’ll find historical spots, spectacular views, a beautiful waterfall, a small chapel and unusual trees in this dense, tropical national park, probably best explored by jeep tour.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Cook In Rio
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Cook In Rio

Can food explain a culture? Cook in Rio offers Brazilian cooking classes in English to foreign visitors wanting to learn about Brazil, and some of the most fun and delicious Brazilian meals and drinks, like cassava sticks, shrimp moqueca, batida de coco, caipirinhas and pe de moleque peanut brittle. Every day from 10am to 2pm. Ideal for cloudy or rainy weather.

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